How Betty White’s ‘A Celebration’ Movie Was Reformatted After Her Death

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After Betty White passed away on New Year’s Eve in 2021, just 18 days away from what would have marked a full century on this Earth, producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein had to do something with their film celebrating 100 years of joy of the beloved star in the world. They first thought about scrapping it, but their loved ones told them to go ahead because that’s what she would have wanted (via The Hollywood Reporter).

So, first of all, the movie’s title was shortened to simply “Betty White: A Celebration.” The film, which features White’s final interview filmed just 10 days before her passing, is a love letter to the actress and the producers who say those final moments on camera were just White being White.

“It’s probably about a minute or two clip of her staring straight into the camera as the graciously fun, warm-hearted Betty,” Boettcher told The Hollywood Reporter. “She thanks all her fans over the years and for coming out on the 17th to see the movie. There’s just this twinkle that is Betty. The great thing about it is that she hasn’t read it on the teleprompter or doesn’t have a script. She improvised it, and it’s Betty until the end. She’s spontaneous and has the means to go ahead and do it live. She was so good at it. You can’t watch it for the first time and help but get goosebumps when you hear it. It’s just very, very sweet.

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